A significant change is rumored to be made to the next generations of the BMW M3 and M4, as these are expected to get a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
BMW is moving with its times and after introducing the new “i” range for electric vehicles, with the i3 city cruiser and the i8 sports car, time has come for the company to seriously consider “improving” the next generations of the M3 and M4. The announcement hasn’t been made official at this point, but according to The Detroit Bureau, the models will be making use of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The move is extremely bold and it will definitely make some BMW fans go for the competition but in the long run, this is probably what the midsized performance vehicles need.
Our source is stating that an upgraded 3.0 liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine will be used on the future models, the same one from the current generation, which will be producing an extra 100 Nm (73 lb-ft) of torque, thanks to the addition of an electric motor, or two / three electric motors, which will be sending their power to the front-wheel drive. The hybrid system will get the KERS-like recovery system and it will allow the models to run on electrical power alone for up to 32 km (20 miles). The new layout will also add an all-wheel drive system, with the internal combustion unit powering the rear wheels and the electric motor / motors sending the output to the front ones. Lithium-ion batteries will be added to the car too and the vehicles are expected to become lighter, thanks to the use of more carbon fiber, so don’t expect a cheap price for them.